Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are rare topics of discussion in most parts of the world to date. People across the globe have subjective views on DEl as expected.
Therefore, what this variability might mean for someone in North America or Europe could mean something else for someone in Asia, Australia, or Africa, for example, and vice-versa.
Depending on whom you ask, everyone’s thoughts on Diversity and Inclusion are different. When the topics of Diversity and inclusion are raised in most parts of the world, there is this general stereotype that it’s refer only to Gender and sexual orientation. Over the years, there has been DEI research from Linux Foundation, and GitHub Open Source Survey and lots more. The feedback from these reports suggests that most people refer to inclusion as diversity in the population based on gender, race, and sexuality.
As we know, DEI goes far beyond that!
After the just concluded Sustain Africa meetup, I observed that, with these meetups, we are able to hear different thoughts on how projects, documentation, design, marketing, data Science and and programs can be focused on to sustain open source. However, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, a key topic for maintaining and supporting healthy open-source communities, was missing from the list.
We cannot wholly tackle the DEI challenges within the open source that threaten our communities’ health if we do not understand different perspectives on DEI from Africa, Asia, North America, Europe, South America, and Australia
With the help of Sustain and its meetups, we can continuously have dialogs and outcome-oriented discussions from different regions of the world on DEI and identify common challenges based on individual experiences and possible means to tackle them. This will be a great avenue to spread the word on the importance of Diversity, Equity, and inclusion within our communities and introduce standard DEI best practices to a larger audience.
This is a call to consider having Diversity, Equity, and inclusion as one of the focus areas in Sustain.